"I don't know what it is, but I feel something."
I can't tell you what I was looking at. I just remember staring at it, flat on the wall in front of me. Lines, colors, shapes—I can't recall anything about it other than I just felt something. It had power. I wanted that.
I believe that when an artist makes something out of pure overflow—the kind where they have no choice but to make the image in their head because they are haunted with the notion of never sharing it—that's when this energy makes its way into the work. After its creation, it will live independently, radiating that energy to all those who stop to really look and listen to what it has to share.
"If you're looking for the purely decorative, I'm not for you."
I've lived my life through a cinematic lens—everything has always felt 150% to me. Things get bigger in the corners of my mind. As a result, these corners have become autonomous landscapes, always growing and evolving, becoming more vast with every passing season leaving a steady stream of new information. My mind has become a world-builder. It is my goal to share these worlds with you, and my battle is translating that to an image on a panel.
An artist can create anything. You plan, strategize, and execute. There you have it; you just made a piece of art. But I’ve been making art with the intention of finding the rare, real, and visceral within myself in order to connect with you. I have done this not knowing what it looks like; where, why, or how it exists. Working this way, the images often reveal more than I knew or understood about them from the onset. I believe, in the same way the images speak to me, they will communicate with you. I realize what it means for you to set aside all you know to be true and solid in order to step into the worlds I create, to take on the freedom to explore them just as I can and do. It is here you will understand that I make art to be looked at, rather than that which blends into a room.
b. 1984, East Tennessee. Currently residing in New Orleans.
Using pastels in an unconventional way to produce images with realistic elements on wood panels.
Key influences: Francis Bacon, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, and David Lynch.
Common theme: Mental health